Lord Laird and Tara Mills
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Lord Laird apologises over Christopher Knight comments

Ulster Unionist peer, Lord Laird, has apologised for describing sexual allegations against a businessman who bought the Belfast Giants ice hockey team, as a "minor misdemeanour".

Christopher Knight pleaded no contest to the charges in a US court.

Adjudication was withheld, and he was placed on the state of Florida's sex offenders' register.

Earlier, the UUP issued a statement saying party leader Mike Nesbitt had spoken to Lord Laird about the issue.

Tara Mills spoke to Lord Laird for BBC Newsline.